Dear friends,

We wholeheartedly congratulate you on St. Clement’s Day!

 

In these uneasy, such nonpeaceful, days we are called to remember one of the first peacemakers in the history of the Church and a glorious witness of Christ. It is exactly in these times of threats and dangers that we should behold the example of such saints. We should continually recall their words and deeds in order to remind ourselves and those around us that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” that all discords and misfortunes are temporary, while the love of Christ is forever:

 

"Let him who has love in Christ keep the commandments of Christ. Who can describe the [blessed] bond of the love of God? What man is able to tell the excellence of its beauty, as it ought to be told? The height to which love exalts is unspeakable. Love unites us to God. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love beareth all things, is long suffering in all things. There is nothing base, nothing arrogant in love. Love admits of no schisms: love gives rise to no seditions: love does all things in harmony. By love have all the elect of God been made perfect; without love nothing is well- pleasing to God. In love has the Lord taken us to Himself. On account of the Love he bore us, Jesus Christ our Lord gave His blood for us by the will of God; His flesh for our flesh, and His soul for our souls."

(St Clement of Rome, First Epistle to Corinthians, XLIX)

 

Let us follow the words of the Spirit and of common sense!

 

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